Gabriel Paez began teaching in Chicago Public Schools in 2013 as a 1st and 2nd grade bilingual Spanish classroom teacher. During his 3rd year teaching, he transitioned into Bilingual Education Coordinator, responsible for providing ESL and Spanish language arts to Kindergarten through 8th grade. Having finished 6 years at the same school, and earning his Master's degree in Teaching with a Bilingual Spanish & ESL endorsement, Gabriel is now seeking ESL, Spanish, reading, and writing students for the summer. Much of what motivates him as a teacher is his view that bilingualism and multiculturalism are assets, not shortcomings, and that all children have a right to learn the language of their families and communities. His experience teaching multiple grade levels allows him to scaffold instruction exactly to the student's reading and comprehension needs. His communicative approach encourages students to approach reading as a conversation about a topic of interest. He believes students show their best work when they are interested in the material, and that children can sense authenticity and cultural relevance. Through a friendly yet firm teaching style, students will not be expected to complete busy work or packets, but will be engaging in higher level questioning and conversation about texts based in real world topics. Gabriel also excels as a writing tutor for students at all levels.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University - Bachelors, Creative Writing & Political Science
Graduate Degree: Dominican University - Current Grad Student, Elementary Education
In my personal life, I enjoy reading novels, trying out new restaurants, and playing music.
College Application Essays
Elementary School Reading
High School English
Middle School Reading